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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
1,286 Reviews
3.4
1,286 Reviews
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 89 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home when necessary (in 77 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 110 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 70 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Maintains Work life balance, Good opportunities to move within the country

    Cons

    Limited vacation days with no carryover policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great autonomy with little micromanaging.
    Managers are very helpful.
    Managers use positive reinforcement
    Great office environment
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Low pay
    Standard office politics
    Working with off-shore teams can be frustrating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful Organization that is growing and evolving. Lots of room for opportunity. The culture is open and pretty young. Its a relaxed environment but still everyone is productive and doing their job..

    Cons

    It is a large organization and it is hard to be noticed. It has corporate bureaucracy and it is hard to move up. They also have horrible brand awareness for a company that has been around for 90years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to find and raise up leaders that are hidden within the organization. There are many but because of the size it is hard to get ahead and be seen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing really, but free drinks, join a ERG Group get to meet other people from other teams, ERG groups are always fun. I enjoyed the ERG groups more than my actual work the people too

    Cons

    Low pay, over worked, expect you to always give up you lunch, discrimination against those who do not have kids, especially if your young they will want you to always stay late for those who have to leave bc of their "kids". lack of communication, bad management, HR is terrible and always sides with Managers. Just stay away and run. Worst place ive every worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more friendly team enviorment. employee morale is at a all time low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    "Mediocre employer for 80% of associates"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    Working for Nielsen gives great experience across the CPG Industry. With regard to 'soft benefits' - they do support a work-from-home environment and they do much to promote a healthy lifestyle. I do believe their base pay & benefits (i.e., vacation time, vision insurance, etc...) to be above average.

    Cons

    The company offers great career and promotional opportunities (and merit increases) for the top 10%. The balance really don't get much. The balance get moved around to fill holes with pay raises of 2-3% every one to two years. They have become too bottom-line oriented and thus provide less through bonuses every year, send more work offshore, and continue to replace tenured employees with lower priced, more junior level hires. If you're not "a star" and just a solid performer - your opportunities will be limited.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed Feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn the CPG business.
    Work with major manufacturers and retailers.
    Gain experience with syndicated data.
    High variety of work. Not always in job description, but every week is different.
    Young workplace with fresh ideas. Many eager faces.
    HR is very friendly and quick to help in navigating resources.
    Trainings (when available) are inspiring and useful.
    Recently made technology a high priority.
    Regular promotions for top performers. At lower levels, performers can expect promotions nearly every two years.

    Cons

    Widely known that pay is lower than at other companies and the client.
    Flexibility perks are not made available consistently across management.
    New rotational programs and mid career incentives are not permeating management at local levels.
    Lateral movements seem to hurt promotion potential.
    Bonus system hurts your bonus eligibility overtime if you are not always in very top rankings.
    10 to 15 year goal to offshore all analyst and operations roles to India is explicit. Lower levels are training and mentoring their replacements.
    Managers are often assigned employees with no formal management training.
    Smaller offices are neglected in funding facilities, training and building culture.
    Core services are stale. Nearly all improvements are at high cost to the client and hard on client relationship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a company with such opportunity to create well rounded associates and retain loyal individuals throughout their career, little is done to retain many high performing early and mid career associates through rotations, leadership trainings, or uniform culture.
    Lack of flexibility, notably lower pay, and bonus structure no longer make the company more attractive than others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nielsen is a great place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    work-life balance, smart employees, work experience that is valued in the industry

    Cons

    compensation, leadership, slow to innovate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    Strong management and clear communication of expectations

    Cons

    At times to focused on expense versus investment in the business

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    sales manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, company car, gas card, holidays

    Cons

    Very poor upper management. Keep cutting bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the lower management manage the people not the upper from behind a computer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't stay too late...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BASES in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - BASES in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    -Great people to work alongside—especially the younger employees
    -Industry leader in many different verticals
    -Respected company in the data/research world

    Cons

    -Company is old and bureaucratic
    -Lots of red tape to cut through in order to get any new ideas/approaches put into practice
    -Very much a "this is how we've done it" attitude when it comes to rationale for using outdated tools/methods
    -Terrible hours that, at times, can have you working around the clock (quite literally)
    -Work can become very monotonous, to the point where you feel like a cog in a hamster spinning in a wheel
    -Clients constantly whip you for data and essentially treat you as a data vendor; clients place little value on consultative advice
    -Technology, programs, tools, etc. are always broken and nothing seems to work. Not to mention, they are all insanely outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Practice what you preach. "Simple, open, and integrated" are the alleged values, but you hardly ever practice them.
    -Transparency here is a joke Huge opportunity for improvement here.
    -New talent is bringing a lot to the table and bringing solid perspectives to the table. Listen to them and consider what they have to offer.
    -Compensation is horrendous compared to other companies in the area. If you don't stay competitive, few will stick around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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